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English translation: keytop inlays

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11:54 May 31, 2001
French to English translations [PRO]
Tech/Engineering
French term or phrase: keyboard dome underlays
Computer keyboards: injection molding context

Any ideas?
Bruce Sanderson
Local time: 16:09
English translation:keytop inlays
Explanation:
Only a suggestion; but many keys intended for keyboard-type applications are made in 2 moulded parts, the top part being a clear 'dome' covering a hollowed lower part (which may or may not be able to be illuminated), and which may contain a paper or plastic film 'inlay' carrying some kind of legend, symbol or other marking. More recent keyboards sometimes have the markings moulded into the structure by a 'two-shot' moulding process

However, in a purely electronic sense, I can think of a more likely context: Many modern 'soft-touch' keypads have dispensed with old, unreliable mechanical switches in favour of a cheap and long-life membrane switch of various types; here, a single sheet of material forms the top layer of a 'sandwich' or 'underlay' (because it lies under the actual keys), and it is covered with 'dimples' that turn inside out when the key is pressed, and in some way make the contact. These are sometimes refrered to in gebnral terms as membrane keyboards, of which sveeral different types can exist. So you might be talking about a 'dimple underlay' too!

Hope this is some help!

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Tony M
France
Local time: 16:09
Grading comment
Actually I was looking for a translation into French; I posted my question in the wrong pair of languages. But your contribution was helpful for a better understanding of what was meant by the term.
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keytop inlays


Explanation:
Only a suggestion; but many keys intended for keyboard-type applications are made in 2 moulded parts, the top part being a clear 'dome' covering a hollowed lower part (which may or may not be able to be illuminated), and which may contain a paper or plastic film 'inlay' carrying some kind of legend, symbol or other marking. More recent keyboards sometimes have the markings moulded into the structure by a 'two-shot' moulding process

However, in a purely electronic sense, I can think of a more likely context: Many modern 'soft-touch' keypads have dispensed with old, unreliable mechanical switches in favour of a cheap and long-life membrane switch of various types; here, a single sheet of material forms the top layer of a 'sandwich' or 'underlay' (because it lies under the actual keys), and it is covered with 'dimples' that turn inside out when the key is pressed, and in some way make the contact. These are sometimes refrered to in gebnral terms as membrane keyboards, of which sveeral different types can exist. So you might be talking about a 'dimple underlay' too!

Hope this is some help!




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Tony M
France
Local time: 16:09
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 14157
Grading comment
Actually I was looking for a translation into French; I posted my question in the wrong pair of languages. But your contribution was helpful for a better understanding of what was meant by the term.
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